cx landscape introduces ribbons of green life in canberra's new pedestrian bridge

cx landscape introduces ribbons of green life in canberra's new pedestrian bridge

cx landscape’s entry for the ‘remaking lost connections’ competition in australia encompasses ribbons of life that revive a bridge in canberra, australia. their proposal creates a habitable green axis along the existing road bridge, commonwealth avenue, above lake griffin. during the lake’s construction in 1936, some aboriginal ngunawal cultural sites and rock paintings were inundated. the enlarged body of water separated the natural passage even further away, and although road bridges were constructed, the natural habitat suffered significant impact.




with the proposal ‘ribbons of life’, the designers attempt to bring back natural vitality to the road, connecting wildlife and human interaction, while reviving some of the lost aboriginal art. the project introduces a forest shell over the existing road bridge between the parliament house and the cbd. imitating a piece of sample bushland from the surrounding nature, the forest will cover the concrete structure in an organic form, echoing the green architecture of the parliament house. the inundated aboriginal art will be projected on the underside of the structure to bring back the lost cultural heritage and provide scenic views when passing under it.




the forest ribbon also serves as a wildlife corridor, connecting the parks on the north and south of the lake. the ribbon’s width varies from approximately 30 meters (98ft) to 100 meters (328ft), a safe passage for native wildlife. the organic geometry was shaped around the views to the surrounding landmarks: the cook capitan memorial jet on the lake, the natural museum of australia on the peninsula in the east-west, a proposed new waterfront development on the north-west bank, and the capital hill on the south.

wildlife corridor dipping in the lake



the wildlife corridor’s west fringe extends into the water becoming a wetland that provides the water access for the passengers and the possibility for water plants to improve the water’s quality. it seemingly dips into the water also offering a closer contact to the lake while adding three-dimensionality to the forest strip. it also provides a natural habitat for migration and a safe living environment.

aboriginal art projection under the structure



the second part of the project, that intertwines with the wildlife element, is the urban living ribbon. this ribbon includes the linear park, an independent structure that hosts pedestrian walkways along the bridge. this urban strip provides educational programs in the open space while minimizing the disturbance of the neighboring wildlife activities. solar panels are also integrated into its paving to generate clean power for the use of luminance, operation and possible future transport.

skywalk through the urban living ribbon



the linear park is characterized by a series of key components: a bird observing corridor that is placed on top of the wildlife corridor for ample views; a plaza facing the water jet in the lake center; laser projected art under the forest shell; and a water life observing channel.

amphitheater hosting scenic views



the two strips intertwine throughout the route and engage in a tight relationship. the built landscape features windbreak forests on both sides, a nectar meadow, woodlands, rocky bushland, and wetland. rocks and logs are naturally arranged to provide shelters along the natural migration passage. the wildlife corridor and linear park set an example for planning greener cities in the future and rethinks a sustainable city development while keeping the local history and spirit of the place.




the project is a submission for the ‘remaking lost connections’ design competition organized by act chapter of australian institute of landscape architects, in partnership with the national capital authority (nca), environment planning and sustainable development directorate (epsdd) and the city renewal authority (cra). the competition explores new ideas about the future development of sustainable cities with the current natural, cultural and environmental issues the world is facing.







project info:


project name: ribbons of life

location: lake griffin, canberra, australia

designers: cx landscape

design team: george zhuo jing peng simon zhao danniel dong annie huang

competition: ‘remaking lost connections’ design competition


designboom has received this project from our ‘DIY submissions‘ feature, where we welcome our readers to submit their own work for publication. see more project submissions from our readers here.

edited by: cristina gomez | designboom

    have something to add? share your thoughts in our comments section below.
    all comments are reviewed for the purposes of moderation before publishing.

    comments policy
    LOG IN
    designboom's comment policy guidelines
    generally speaking, if we publish something, it's because we're genuinely interested in the subject. we hope you'll share this interest and if you know even more about it, please share! our goal in the discussion threads is to have good conversation and we prefer constructive opinions. we and our readers have fun with entertaining ones. designboom welcomes alerts about typos, incorrect names, and the like.
    the correction is at the discretion of the post editor and may not happen immediately.

    what if you disagree with what we or another commenter has to say?
    let's hear it! but please understand that offensive, inappropriate, or just plain annoying comments may be deleted or shortened.

    - please do not make racist, sexist, anti-semitic, homophobic or otherwise offensive comments.
    - please don't personally insult the writers or your fellow commenters.
    - please avoid using offensive words, replacing a few letters with asterisks is not a valid workaround.
    - please don't include your website or e-mail address in your comments for the purpose of self-promotion.
    - please respect jury verdicts and do not discuss offensively on the competition results
    (there is only one fist prize, and designboom usually asks renown professionals to help us to promote talent.
    in addition to the awarded designs, we do feel that almost all deserve our attention, that is why we publish
    the best 100-200 entries too.)

    a link is allowed in comments as long as they add value in the form of information, images, humor, etc. (links to the front page of your personal blog or website are not okay). unwelcome links (to commercial products or services of others, offensive material etc. ) will be redacted. and, ... yes, spam gets banned. no, we do not post fake comments.


    a diverse digital database that acts as a valuable guide in gaining insight and information about a product directly from the manufacturer, and serves as a rich reference point in developing a project or scheme.

    architecture news

    keep up with our daily and weekly stories
    502,379 subscribers
    - see sample
    - see sample